Shoshy Cadoodle

Shoshy Cadoodle is an illustrator & artist. Here you'll find her work plus other interesting bits & bobs.

3 Magical New Year’s Resolutions Tips

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New Year’s Resolutions can be hard to keep and it’s often not long before they’ve been forgotten about! Along with my wife, Meredith, I’ve come up with 3 simple tips to make sure you stay on track and achieve your goals.

Watch the video below and take some notes, so that 2016 can be your best year yet!

Best of luck, and remember, above all, be kind, compassionate and patient with yourself. I know you can do this.

 

Lesbian Gay Wedding Planning Tips


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Gay / Lesbian Wedding Planning Tips | Love Wins

When same-sex marriage finally became legal in the whole of America (thank you Supreme Court!) on June 26th 2015, my wife and I decided to make a video to celebrate the amazing news. In this video we share three essential wedding planning tips for any engaged gay or lesbian couple.

Do you have any wedding planning tips to share? Share them in the comments!

Shoshy Cadoodle

xo


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NEW VIDEO AND REVIEW: Turpentine, Creative Hub in Brixton

Turpentine began as a pop-up craft market run by three friends; Amber Rogers, Alice Waters and Jude de Berker. Three years later, Turpentine has found itself settled down, in a cozy, cute permanent home in London’s Brixton. It still offers a wonderfully created selection of beautiful (and affordable) goods made by local young artists, designers and makers; but now it’s also able to offer workshops too, making creativity more accessible to London’s dwellers.

A couple of weeks ago, my friend, Saima, asked if I fancied attending a jewellery making workshop she’d been invited to by StreetHub (StreetHub is great for discovering independent shops). Of course I said yes, despite not really knowing much about what it would entail but nonetheless excited at the prospect of learning something new, working with materials I’ve never worked with before, being creative and meeting some other bloggers!

The workshop turned out to be an incredibly uplifting experience, hearing the story of how these three friends’ dream turned into a reality; how Jude runs every single workshop herself and getting to try our hands at silver necklace making.

Jude was a brilliant teacher, very patient and fun, making sure we understood every step of the process. If we got confused, she was able to enlighten us by drawing diagrams or offering hands on help. The workshop left me wanting more and I’m looking forward to going back, whether it’s to buy something special for our new home or to try out one of the other workshops, I can see myself growing very fond of Turpentine, indeed.

Em, Jude and Emilia

Left to right: Em, Jude de Berker and Emilia.

Em runs a blog all about trying something new every week of the year (wow, what an incredible task!): http://catch52.me/

Jude, a qualified art teacher who studied Jewellery making at Central Saint Martins, is one third of the amazing Turpentine team.

Emilia is an “art director come graphic designer, photographer and illustrator”. Her beautiful blog can be found here: http://emiliabuggins.com/

Saima and ShelleyLeft to right: Saima and Shelley.

Saima runs a London based blog on all things wonderful, including, fashion, style, beauty and lifestyle: http://www.ldnshopaholic.com/ She also has her own youtube channel, which is fantastic for beauty, hair and fashion tips: http://www.youtube.com/LDNshopaholic/

Shelley runs an arts and crafts blog with lots of really inspiring DIY projects: http://shelleymakes.wordpress.com/

 We all sketched out some ideas before we got started. In the end, I went for a bow tie design, as I liked the idea of something a bit fun and a bit tongue in cheek.

We taped our drawings to a piece of silver before using the piercing saws to cut out the designs. The saws are very delicate and easy to break… which I did manage to do. I’m sure you witnessed my big “WOOPS” moment in the video I made. I reckon it’s a bit like ice skating; you have to fall at least once, to get over the fear and to learn how to stay firmly upright!

Drilling the jump ring hole

I found drilling the holes for the jump rings slightly scary, but Jude was very reassuring by teaching us the correct method to be totally safe.

my little bow tie

Removing the blue protective film from the silver was an exciting moment, as it was just moments away from creating the finished piece of jewellery.

sanding away for smooth edges

Filing the silver pendant to achieve smooth edges was a lot less intimidating than the sawing and drilling!

our finished necklaces

Walking out of Turpentine that chilly evening, heading to the Brixton tube station, wearing my brand new bowtie necklace, I felt a very warm glow of achievement. What a buzz! Turpentine, I’ll be back!

For more info about Turpentine, check out their website or if you’re why not go to the shop in person?

It’s 3 minutes walk from Brixton station: Turpentine, 433 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LN

NEW VIDEO: Self Image 2014

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Self Image Video 2014

What is this?

So, over on my wife and my youtube channel we have just made these new videos entitled “Self Image 2014”.

They are little time capsules of how we see ourselves at this time. The goal is to make them every year.

Where did the idea come from?

It’s a viral project started by a youtuber called “Eric’s Every New Day.” We discovered it through a youtuber called Ashley Mardell, who leaked her secret playlist of personal inspiration. On that playlist was a video by Emily Diana Ruth who made one of these Self Image videos and the rest is history! That’s how we got inspired to make these mini time capsules.

Why is it on your blog?

I’ve included it because I have featured some of my Shoshy Cadoodle work in it. Also, though, I wanted to share it to see if any other creative people could relate. It is hard sometimes to feel confident labelling yourself as one thing or another. It’s so nice to find that you’re not alone with your little quirks and people can connect to you! So fingers crossed, I’m not the only odd one out.

If any of what I said in the video rang a bell, in the present or the past, I would love to hear from you. Please leave me a comment below.

Also, if you want to see more videos go to our youtube page to click the subscribe button so you can stay updated:

https://www.youtube.com/user/shoshandmer

[The subscribe button is in the right hand corner, near the top, under the cover photo/channel banner!]

Hope you enjoy this… don’t forget to leave me your thoughts.